Indian Style

Our bathrooms are wet
low ceilinged and flat,
buckets, slabs
open shelves along the walls
peopled with razors and bottles
and old soaps encrusted with dried foam
maybe one small mirror
not like yours, skyscraper-showerstalls
glass and glamour
bone-dry towel floors
a place where the spreading, splashing, original body is
minimised
under white lights and big mirrors
and shame.

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